Saturday, June 07, 2014

I Hate The War

This week's big development was the sudden interest in war resisters on the part of the corporate 'left' and its lackeys.

Rachel Maddow felt the need to pontificate in her wordy but useless manner in defense of a soldier who many said deserted.

The world's collective jaw dropped in shock.

Maddow hails from Air America Radio -- and, as with MSNBC, she couldn't find an audience there either.

On Air America Radio, The Majority Report (Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder) would speak to war resisters. Not Rachel Maddow.  And when the topic of war resisters was raised during a live broadcast of the show, raised on the Unfiltered message board, Rachel had a freak-fest on air.  A meltdown.

All that had been said on the message board by a listener was that Rachel and Lizz brought on vets twice weekly but never brought on a veteran against the war.

This initial comment -- which other Unfiltered listeners agreed with -- outraged Rachel and Lizz.

They had been on the air for nearly a year (at the one year mark, the show would be cancelled for low ratings) and never once had a veteran against the war -- let alone a war resister -- on the program which aired three hours each day, Monday through Friday.

When listeners of the show who posted regularly on the message board raised the issue one day, it was meltdown time on air.

While Rachel was trying to be the most macho tough guy in her rant about the comments, Lizz was like the  Chicken Lady (played by Mark McKinney) on The Kids in the Hall as she squawked and shrieked.

And what's really funny was that Rachel and Lizz were trashing a longterm listener -- and a guy at that -- for kicking off the comments by raising the topic.  Their ratings were in the toilet. In just a little bit, they would be replaced on Air America with Jerry Springer.  But there they were trashing one of their male listeners who always posted to their program's message board.

They were trashing him and running him down and making total idiots of themselves.

Until Elaine posted (again) to say, "Hey, Starfish" or whomever "didn't post that comment, I did."

Lizz Winstead is a useless piece of trash.   She toyed at being a radical but she's just really a bitch and how did Mike put it last month when he named her idiot of the week?  Oh, that's right she suffers from "a penis allergy."

Lizz is useless, she's ugly, she's not funny, she's not talented.

But the notion that she would attack her own fans?

Well, it's good now that she no longer has any.

For the real deal on Lizz and Rachel's awful and now forgotten show, click here for Rebecca's first post -- she started her website the day two kennel dogs went after Elaine.  Elaine, by the way, never produced bad radio.  She was too busy, due to the wars, treating veterans -- and doing so pro bono. Unlike Rachel or Lizz, Elaine's life has actually mattered, had purpose and meaning.

So the point, those who self-check out, those who resist?  Condemned or ignored by Rachel Maddow until now and now she cares and she cares because her precious Barack is being criticized about a man who supposedly deserted.

So suddenly she cares, the old War Whore suddenly cares.


Because she's trying to excuse Barack's actions.

She's just a dirty whore.

Like David Corn.

At Mother Jones, he was all over defending Barack over Barack's predatory friendship with Bill Ayers.  (Barack used Bill, Barack's a user and Bill's always been an idiot.)  There was Corn Nuts insisting the Weather Underground was so long ago.

Do you grasp the level of his whoring?

They were laughing at The Nation magazine.

The Nation had done a cover story on the Weather Underground in 2007 (we called it out at Third).  It was a vicious and bitchy article (which in retrospect demonstrated where Katrina vanden Heuvel intended to take the magazine) and a number of people -- staff, advisors, etc. -- were outraged.

Not David Corn.

He felt the article didn't go far enough.

So when it emerged that Barack knew Bill much better than he let on (it was left to the Guardian to expose Barack's lie that his daughters played with the Dohrns' children -- Bernardine Dohrn and Bill's children were too old), Corn Nuts went into overdrive trying to rescue Weather Underground to save the Christ-child.

Corn's actions in April 2008 were so bad that we would award him "Dumb Ass of the Week: David Corn" and "Liar of the Week: David Corn" at Third.

David Corn, like Toad Gitlin, hates the Weather Underground.  But he bit his tongue.  He did more than bite his tongue.  He wrote to defend and applaud them.


To defend Barack.

He would whore for Barack.

And that's what's gone down this week.

The corporate 'left' has whored to protect Barack.

It hasn't been a good moment for the real left -- weak assed or spine enhanced.

Weak assed can be seen with Ron Jacobs' ridiculous article.  The weak ass of US Socialist Worker saw their role as whoring for Barack as well.

So the Rons write crap articles about the current soldier but fail to mention the war resisters of today's wars, the ones who publicly stood up, the ones who went to Canada, none of them are mentioned.

After the 2008 election and before he was sworn in as president, we repeatedly insisted the left needed to press Barack to pardon the war resisters.

But the Ron Jacobs can't ask for anything, let alone demand.

So that didn't happen.

Last week, as they whored for Barack, they made clear that there would be no efforts to use the current spotlight to attract attention to the war resisters in Canada.

Remember when we used to include this?

 Ehren Watada  is part of a movement of war resistance within the military that also includes Dean Walcott, Linjamin Mull, Justin Colby, Camilo Mejia, Robert Zabala, Darrell Anderson,  Kyle Snyder , Corey Glass, Jeremy Hinzman, Joshua Key, Ricky Clousing, Mark Wilkerson, Agustin Aguayo, Camilo Mejia,  Patrick Hart, Ivan Brobeck, Aidan Delgado, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Jeremy Hinzman, Stephen Funk, David Sanders, Dan Felushko, Brandon Hughey, Clifford Cornell, Joshua Despain, Katherine Jashinski, Chris Teske, Matt Lowell, Jimmy Massey, Tim Richard, Hart Viges, Michael Blake and Kevin Benderman. In total, thirty-eight US war resisters in Canada have applied for asylum. 
Information on war resistance within the military can be found at Center on Conscience & War, The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline, and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters.

Some of those -- Ehren Watada, Camilo Mejia, Aidan Delgado, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Stephen Funk, Kevin Benderman, etc. -- did not go to Canada.  But a number did.  Some remain in Canada: Jeremy Hinzman, Corey Glass, Kyle Snyder, etc.

It's really amazing.

Last week, corporate 'left' and weak ass 'left' wanted to rush to defend a soldier from charges of deserting.  But they didn't want to defend the war resisters who need defending.

And two weeks ago, Monday, May 26th, we opened an entry with this:

Iraq remains a story even if the world media lost interest.
A service member who publicly refused to deploy to Iraq wrote an e-mail asking if he was manipulated?
He took a stand that proved costly for him.  He lives with that stand and feels it was the right thing for him. But he wonders about all the 'support' he briefly had.  He notes how quickly it vanished and how the people he thought were outraged by the Iraq War no longer appear to care.
We've gone from expressing outrage, he noted, over the conditions in Iraq to not even caring.
And he's right.

Where are those people who pretended to care about war resisters when Bully Boy Bush was in office?

This past week was the perfect time for them to show up and demand that we remember there are people who refused to fight in an illegal war that the government lied about -- demand that we remember them and that they be pardoned.

But the corporate 'left' doesn't care at all, the weak ass left is too far up Barack's ass and spine-enhanced left?  They just stayed silent.


It's over, I'm done writing songs about love
There's a war going on
So I'm holding my gun with a strap and a glove
And I'm writing a song about war
And it goes
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Oh oh oh oh
-- "I Hate The War" (written by Greg Goldberg, on The Ballet's Mattachine!)

The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4489.

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